“Kiss My Mask” House Republicans Show Of Defiance In Face Of Fines
Reminded of the House rules, Lauren Boebert tweeted a defiant “kiss my mask” Thursday rather than comply with regulations placed to protect her fellow members of Congress. Several of her colleagues agree that they’d rather pay the $500 fine than simply mask up.
According to the Washington Post, Congress’ attending physician Brian Monahan has said the mask requirement won’t be lifted “until all Members and floor staff are fully vaccinated.”
There’s no sign that will happen soon. Several Republican members are virulently anti-vax, and when several were hit with fines for failing to mask up, and others were sent warning letters, they hit social media with performative displays of defiance.
Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) actually filmed herself putting the warning letter through a paper shredder.
— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) May 19, 2021
Meanwhile, Lauren Boebert (R-CO) shared a Fox News story on the fines, adding that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) “can kiss my mask.”
Nancy Pelosi can kiss my mask.https://t.co/DYaPWJMwrS
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) May 20, 2021
“Worth it!” tweeted Beth Van Duyne (R-TX), adding a flame emoji, to show her contempt for the rule and the consequence of failing to follow it.
Worth it 🔥 https://t.co/B09FKulAGE
— Beth Van Duyne (@Bethvanduyne) May 18, 2021
Brian Mast (R-FL) called the fine a display of power, rather than science.
I have been fined $500 by @SpeakerPelosi for following CDC guidance.
This was never about science. It has always been about power.
— Rep. Brian Mast (@RepBrianMast) May 19, 2021
A group of Republicans came together Tuesday to boast that they were having a “peaceful protest” by refusing to wear masks.
— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) May 18, 2021
At this time, Mast and Van Duyne, along with Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA) and Ralph Norman (R-SC) have been issued $500 fines, and could face higher fines for further violations. Boebert, Greene, and others including Chip Roy (R-TX), Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Bob Good (R-VA), Thomas Massie (R-KY) and Mary Miller (R-IL) have all been issued warnings, and may face fines if they continue to flout the rules.